Furtive Forktail Ischnura prognata (Hagen, 1861S1 (Highly state rare)  -  Coastal Plain only    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Coenagrionidae   >   Genus Ischnura   


Furtive Forktail (Ischnura prognata), as its common name suggests, is an uncommon, and often difficult species to find. This large, attenuated species of forktail lives in wooded swamps, ponds, wet cypress forest, and seepage swamp. It usually perches in shade, which can make this species tough to detect. In Maryland, this species was first discovered to occur in 2007, and has now been found in three Eastern Shore counties (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is ranked as S1 (highly state rare).

There are 14 records in the project database.

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An immature female Furtive Forktail found in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/19/2007). This bug was the first Maryland record for this species. Found by Jim Stasz, Hans Holbrook, and Jim Brighton. Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Furtive Forktail in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/19/2007). (c) Hans Holbrook, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Furtive Forktail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/7/2019). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

A male Furtive Forktail in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A male Furtive Forktail in Hillsborough Co., Florida (5/17/2011). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

A female Furtive Forktail in Hillsborough Co., Florida (5/31/2011). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

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